Pushkar Fair 2015


Spectrum of Faith and Culture

Smt. Vasundhara Raje
Hon'ble Chief Minister Rajasthan

About Pushkar Fair

Pilgrimage in Paradise

About Pushkar Fair

Every year, around November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity.

The Occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR.

Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world's largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors. It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.

For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place. This website attempts to give you a glimpse of the magic of Pushkar. Of course, you have to be there to truly understand it.

In the Hindu month of Kartik (around November) each year, a staggering number of camels amble their way across the golden sands of Rajasthan to congregate at Pushkar for the week-long fair devoted to them. Coming in from all directions, their masters astride them, they flick the sand at every step with casuals' ease. The horses that march to this site find the sand-trot an exacting exercise. Numerous cows and sheep all come to the animal fair. Completing the scene are thousands of men, women and children, come with their beasts, suddenly inhabiting the barren plain. Providing a backdrop, the camels in the distance camouflaged, scarcely discernable. The contrast to the blank desert is the riot of Colours - the large gaudy turbans of the native males arriving here to trade their animals or to set up the stalls to cater to the booming captive market, and the loud hues of the pleated ghagaras (ankle-length skirts) of the belles bangled by the armful, bejewelled from head to toe- adding charm and zest to the massive affair. At Mela time, Pushkar is Rajasthan under one roof, a complete exhibition of its culture.

The Trading :
Over the first five days of the fair, camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep are sold and purchased. There may be protracted negotiations, or sometimes, a quick transaction. Hard bargains are struck, the vendor extolling the long list of virtues of his camel to the prospective buyer.

Fashionable Women :
Womenfolk seem to have little interest in the business of animals. They are more attracted to the glittering wares in the stalls under awnings. The large variety of intricate silver ornaments - hairpins and chains, nose rings and neckbands, cummerbunds, anklets, toe rings and the ivory bangles worn from wrist to shoulder - would send any woman on a buying spree. The garments stalls, in no way less colourful, sell high fashion upper garments of patchwork and tie 'n' die. Tattoo stalls give many women beauty marks that last a lifetime. Whoever said that the unsophisticated are not fashionable!

And there are lots n lots of Camels too :
In Rajasthan even the camels are fashion-conscious, and that too to a high degree, for they are soon to be part of a beauty parade! The proud owner of a newly acquired camel promptly goes to the stalls which the women bypassed. At these stalls all the crafts of Rajasthan have been pressed into the service of the camel community. Handmade saddles to fit every hump; long strings of cowries, bes and beads; colourful, woven saddle-straps, and embroidered back-covers to boot. After a shearing and a scrub, the camel is costumed and even perfumed! Surely the Marwari man loves his camel-and his wife!

Fun and frolic :
As the tempo of business goes down, the men folk turn to merriment, for the day of the camel sports is at hand. Camel races are the first event. Usually a lumbering beast of burden, the camel all decorated in finery, imagines itself to be an ostrich, and rushes through the race like one. Then comes the event analogous to musical chairs. Here, as the music stops, the camel is supposed to manage to stick its long arching neck between two poles, each camel owner guiding its entrant by means of a silken cord attached to its nose ring. Vying for the first pace in the beauty contest, splendidly bedecked camels are bought to the ring and paraded to catch the critical eye of keen judges. The gait of the camel, the choice of its equipment and ornament, its capacity to interpret and carry out commands and the variety of pranks it is capable of performing are the criteria of selection. The most thrilling camel event is 'laadoo oonth'. see how much weight the camel can can carry, man after man clamber onto the ridge-like back of the camel, each clutching at the other to retain the collectively precarious position. It is not an uncommon sight to see the human cargo come crashing down as the camel tries to get to its feet! It is not known whether this was the intention of the camel.

The culmination :
Kartik Purnima, the day of ritual oblation , is also the closing day of the world's most colourful festivals. Bathing begins at dawn. There is quite a scramble for getting a place on the bathing ghats. The famed waters of the Pushkar Lake wash away the sins of a lifetime. The mystical water is also believed to cure skin diseases, making Pushkar the Lourdes of the east. After bathing, the devotees line up in long colourful queues to take their turn to worship the Creator, Brahma. Romance touches Pushkar on the full moon night, as tiny leaf boats, each carrying flowers and an oil lamp, are set afloat on the placid lake. Twinkling like thousands of stars, their flickering flames reflected in the water, they wink back at the innumerable stars on the desert sky. The next day dawns for the exodus. Long caravans hump their way along, taking many camels to their new homes. Little does a camel know which master it will serve after the coming Pushkar Mela.

Programme at a Glance

19 November 2015

Time Event
9:00 AM - Pooja and Flag Hoisting at Mela Ground
9:00 AM - Nagada Vadan at Mela Ground
9:30 AM - Mandana Competition at Mela Ground
9:30 AM - Camel Decoration Display by Sh.Ashok Tak at Mela Ground
9:35 AM - Group Dance by School Girls at Mela Ground
10:00 AM - Vyayam Pradarshan by Shri Yateendra Shashtri at Mela Ground
10:30 AM - Football Match (Locals v/s Visitors) at Mela Ground
5:00 PM - Deepandaan, Rangoli, MahaArti and PushkarAbhishek at Pushkar Sarovar
6:30 PM - Local Folk Performance at Cattle Ground
7:30 PM - Astitva Band Live in Concert with at Mela Ground Balloon Night Glow
9.45 PM - Folk Dance by Anita


20 November 2015

Time Event
6:30 AM - Yoga by Sh. Moksh Raj at Mela Ground
10:00 AM - Satolia Match (Locals v/s Visitors) at Mela Ground
10:30 AM - Langri Taang (Locals v/s Visitors)at Mela Ground
11:00 AM - Camel Decoration Competition at Mela Ground
12:00 noon - Camel Dance Competition at Mela Ground
6:30 PM - Local Folk Performance at Cattle Ground
6:30 PM - Indian Groom and Bride Contest for foreigners at Mela Ground
7:30 PM - Prem Joshua Live in Concert with Balloon Night Glow at Mela Ground


21 November 2015

Time Event
6:30 AM - Yoga by Sh. Moksh Raj at Mela Ground
10:00 AM - Kabaddi match (Locals Ws Visitors) at Mela Ground
11:00 AM - Horse Dance Competition at Mela Ground
1:00 PM - Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
6:30 PM - Local Folk Performance at Cattle Ground
7:00 PM - Cultural Programme at Mela Ground
7:30 PM - Indian Ocean Live in Concert with Balloon Night Glow at Mela Ground
7:30 PM - Kathak Dance at Old Rangji Temple
9:30 PM - Laughter Show at Mela Ground


22 November 2015

Time Event
6:30 AM - Yoga by Moksh Raj at Mela Ground
8:30 AM - Spiritual Walk at Mela Ground
1:00 PM - Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:00 PM - Inauguration of Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazar
4:30 PM - Inauguration of Gir and Cross Bred at Cattle Exhibition Ground
5:00 PM - Inauguration of Vikas Pradarshani at Exhibition Ground
5:30 PM - Deepdaan at Pushak Sarovar
6:30 PM - Maha Arti at Pushkar Sarovar
7:00 PM - Vedic Chants at Pushkar Sarovar
7:00 PM - Best of Rajasthan with Balloon Night Glow at Mela Ground
7:30 PM - Nagada by Nathu Lal Solanki at Pushkar Sarovar
7:30 PM - Odishi Dance at Old Rangji Temple
8:00 PM - Flute by Sunil Kant Gupta at Pushkar Sarovar
8:00 PM - Sky Lanterns at Mela Ground
9:00 PM - Performance by Shubha Mudgal at Pushkar Sarovar
9:30 PM - Rajasthani Folk Dance by Saraswati Dance & Music School at Mela Ground
10:00 PM - Fireworks Display from High Level Bridge at Pushkar Sarovar


23 November 2015

Time Event
6:30 AM - Yoga by Sh. Moksh Raj at Mela Ground
7:00 AM - Meditation and Yoga at RTDC Hotel Sarovar
8:00 AM - Violin Performance at Kota Ghat
9:00 AM - Classical Vocal by Anirban Bhattacharya at Kota Ghat
10:00 AM - Gir and Cross Bred Cattle Competition at Cattle Exhibition Ground
11:00 AM - Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar at Shilpgram
11:00 AM - Turban Tying and Tilak Competition at Mela Ground
11:30 AM - Moustache Competition at Mela Ground
1:00 PM - Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:00 PM - Heritage Walk Gurudwara Brahma Temple
6:00 PM - Performance by Jaisalmer Boys at Sand Dunes
7:00 PM - Performance by Yom and Wang Li and Jewish Harp at Sand Dunes
7:30 PM - Local Cultural Programme with Balloon Night Glow at Mela Ground
7:30 PM - Cultural Programme at Old Rangji Temple
8:00 PM - Mohan Veena Vadan by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at Sand Dunes
8:45 PM - Performance by Kailash Kher at Sand Dunes
9:00 PM - Odishi Dance by Tejasvini at Mela Ground
9:30 PM - Kathak Dance by Drishti Roy at Mela Ground


24 November 2015

Time Event
6:30 AM - Yoga by Sh. Moksh Raj at Mela Ground
7:00 AM - Guided Meditation at RTDC Hotel Sarovar
8:00 AM - Classical Vocal by Vidya Shah at Kota Ghat
9:00 AM - La Grand Chapelle Music Ensemble Spain at Kota Ghat
10:00 AM - Matka Race (Locals v/s visitors) at Mela Ground
10:00 AM - Horse & Camel Bred Competition at Mela Ground
10:30 AM - Musical Chair Race (Locals visitors) at MeIa Ground
11:00 AM - Heritage Walk Gurudwara to Brahma Temple
11:00 AM - Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar at Shilpgrram
01:00 PM - Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports Final at Mela Ground
07:00 PM - Medieval Pundit Live in Concert with Balloon Night glow at Mela Ground
07:30 PM - Cultural Programme at Old Rangji Temple
09:00 PM - Cultural Programme by West Zone Cultural Centre at Mela Ground


25 November 2015

Time Event
9:00 AM - Prize Distribution and Closing Ceremony at Mela Ground
5:45 PM - Maha Arti by Hotel OwnersAssociation, Pushkar at Sarovar
8:00 PM - Fireworks Display from High Level Bridge at Sarovar